First Year Programs and Courses:
Vic One is an academically rigorous and rewarding opportunity for first-year students. It is an experience that makes your first year of study at university truly distinct. Currently, there are five streams in Vic One: the Northrop Frye Stream for Humanities and the Arts, the Augusta Stowe-Gullen Stream for Life-Sciences, the Egerton Ryerson Stream for Education, the Norman Jewison Stream in Imagination and the Arts, and the Lester B. Pearson Stream for Social Sciences. We are pleased to announce that in 2012-2013 we will add the Arthur Schawlow stream for exploration of the Physical Sciences (pending Faculty approval).
Vic One Hundred (formerly Pathways) is a Vic initiative that offers first-year students the opportunity to learn in a small-class environment. These small enrolment courses facilitate close contact with distinguished teaching faculty and fellow students, while providing an excellent gateway to, and foundation for, subsequent studies.
Faculty of Arts and Science 199 Seminars are designed to provide entering first-year students with the opportunity to work closely with an instructor in a class of no more than twenty-four students. Each seminar focuses on specific disciplinary or interdisciplinary issues, questions or controversies of particular interest to the instructor, and introduces the students to the excitement of discovery inherent in academic work at the University of Toronto.
Upper Year Programs and Courses:
Concurrent Teacher Education Program is a joint undergrad and bachelor of education degree that prepares students for a career in primary/junior teaching.
Education and Society (Arts) is a minor program for students interested in education, either as a skill that will prepare you for many occupations, or as a strong background for admittance to a consecutive teacher education program
Literary Studies Program will attract students who are interested in exploring existing and generating new links between literature and historical, cultural, political, social, and psychological forces. Literary Studies program trains students to think about how problems of the present are tied to those of the past, and to consider critically both how we represent this past and how we imagine possible futures.
Material Culture Program engages students in the study of material culture (tangible things, broadly defined); supports research projects which originate with studies of artefacts; and fosters trans-disciplinary and inter-institutional dialogues amongst students, scholars, stewards and purveyors of material culture – within the university and at a range of cultural agencies.
Renaissance Studies Program lets you study one of the most critical periods in European and world history. Changes in art and literature, in social and political development, and in technology and science transformed European concepts of the individual, society, and the world.
Semiotics and Communication Theory Program investigates the science of communication and sign systems, the ways people understand phenomena and organize them mentally, the ways in which they devise means for transmitting that understanding and for sharing it with others. Knowledge, meaning, intention and action are thus fundamental concepts in the semiotic investigation of phenomena.
Vic Two courses are offered in a small -seminar style format to exchange ideas and further discussions, and provide second year students with an opportunity to build upon the skills they learned in their first year seminar courses.
Vic also offers Other Courses not connected to a specific program, such as Independent Study Courses, Upper Year interest courses and more.